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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 546
Course Title: Perspectives on Families, Community, and Political Involvement in Public Schools
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of relationships between the schools and professional educators, and the people and agencies outside the schools which influence and affect them. Formal and informal relationships are identified, and positive and negative effects discussed. Strategies for fostering and improving cooperative involvement and support are developed and a practical application is required. Prerequisite: graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Prerequisite: graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Course Rotation for Day Program:
No Day Course Rotation
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

: School and Community Relations
By Gallagher, D. R., & Bagin, D. (Allyn & Bacon)
Public Relations for School Leaders
By Hughes, L. W., & Hooper, D. W. (Allyn & Bacon)
Public Relations in Schools
By Kowalski, T. (Allyn & Bacon)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Promotes a positive school culture. (2.1)
  2. Collaborates with families and other community members. (4.1)
  3. Responds to community interests and needs. (4.2)
  4. Mobilizes community resources. (4.3)
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Parent/teacher organizations and groups
  • Political action groups - local, state and national
  • Special interest groups - long and short term
  • School and community relationships
  • Techniques for establishing, maintaining, and improving public relations
  • Volunteers within the schools
  • Public school personnel within the community
  • Business and industry/school relationships such as Partners in Education

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Kristina Clevenger Date: November 1, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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